After winning re-election, Chelsea city councilor arrested for fight with his wife

Just hours after a Chelsea city councilor won re-election Tuesday, he was arrested and charged with domestic assault.

City Councilor Calvin Brown, 49, is expected to be arraigned in Chelsea District Court Thursday morning.

Just after 1 a.m. on Tuesday, Brown called police to report a fight between him and his wife, according to the arrest report. He told police that after he had arrived home from celebrating his electoral victory, he and his wife began arguing. Both Brown and his wife told police they had been drinking. As the argument grew more heated, Brown’s wife began breaking things all around the house and “a pushing and slapping match erupted,” officers wrote in their report.

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Brown had scratches on his cheek, neck and arm. The wife’s left eye was swollen, but she signed a document refusing an emergency restraining order.

“She went on to say that she did not want him arrested and that she was going to stay with her mother,” the report stated.

Jake Wark, spokesman for the Suffolk district attorney’s office, said he did not know why police did not also arrest the wife.

“It’s generally a decision made by the officers at the scene after assessing the circumstances of the incident,” he said.

Chelsea police did not return a phone call seeking comment. Messages left on Brown’s phone were not immediately returned.

Brown was reelected to the council along with incumbents Brian Hatleberg and Leo Robinson against challenger Deborah Washington, a former city councilor. Three at-large seats were open.

In a biography on the City Council web site, Brown describes himself as a husband, father, and former Golden Gloves champion. He said he has lived in Chelsea for 25 years.

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